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#667594 - 08/08/21 06:37 PM [User Showcase] Midnight Special
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Midnight Special

Hi Folks,

This is my version of "Midnight Special" - a song that is "Trad. Arr." meaning that we don't know who wrote it. The first printed reference to the song itself was in a 1923 and the lyrics were first recorded in print by Howard Odum in 1905. There have been many recordings of Midnight Special and the lyrics vary widely.
The song refers to the passenger train Midnight Special and its "ever-loving light".

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#667633 - 08/09/21 01:56 AM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Hi Nigel,

I only know this song from CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revival) and I was very fond of it!
I also read it was 'born' in the times of slavery and sang in the cottonfields (like the song: Cottonfields back home, also later performed by CCR). But I'm not sure.

Your performance sounds a lot like the CCR-version. It is very good.
There is one minor thing I would like to hear more: To sing it with more 'power' and as if it was your train.
You have a very good voice, so you wouldn't have a problem doing something like this. But, as always, it is a matter of taste.

Have a nice day,
Hans
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#667724 - 08/09/21 01:26 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Great job! I only know the CCR version as well. I do see the similarities, but think there's enough to differentiate your version from theirs.
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#667758 - 08/09/21 04:25 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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I have heard many a versions of this song and yours in one of the best. I loved your vocal and your arrangement of this classic.

This is a winner.
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#667762 - 08/09/21 04:40 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Hi Nigel,

That is a pretty good version of the song. Well done!

Will

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#667823 - 08/10/21 02:00 AM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Hi Nigel,

I've heard this song done in many different ways over the years, and yours stands up with the best of them.

Nice arrangement, good vocal and mix.

Enjoyed!

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#667878 - 08/10/21 08:22 AM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Nigel,

This is truly outstanding... Love the arrangement and your vocal. Mix is pro all the way.

Bob

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#667888 - 08/10/21 10:06 AM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Cool version. I really like this. I've liked this song ever since I heard Fogerty and the boys sing it.
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#667909 - 08/10/21 11:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Nigel, I grew up on the CCR version but there's nothing wrong with this one! Love that resonator, it really gives the song the needed vibe! Nice vocal (and BGV). Great job putting the band together! Thanks, Torrey
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#667939 - 08/10/21 01:38 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Yeah, just when you think you know a lot about music, someone always comes along and proves you don't know everything. All this time, I thought this was a CCR song too! I always enjoyed that song, but I enjoyed your cover of it too. It almost reminded me of watching an old episode of HeeHaw. This version would have been right at home. Thanks for posting!


Edited by Bawb (08/10/21 01:38 PM)

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#667963 - 08/10/21 04:17 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: Birchwood]
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Hi Hans,

Yes - this must be one of the most widely recorded songs ever - here is a clip from Wikipedia re artists who have covered it:

Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Odetta, Les Paul, The Kingston Trio (who also recorded their song "The Tijuana Jail", which retains the same music but with new lyrics),[14] Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, Burl Ives, Big Joe Turner, Bobby Darin, Cisco Houston, Jimmy Smith, Mungo Jerry, Van Morrison, Little Richard, Buckwheat Zydeco, Otis Rush, The Spencer Davis Group, Lonnie Donegan, Eric Clapton, The Louvin Brothers, Long John Baldry, The Kentucky Headhunters, Willie Watson, Mischief Brew, Hoyt Axton and Creedence Clearwater Revival, among others, have recorded the song. Jody Miller arranged her own version and included it on her first album Wednesday's Child is Full of Woe in 1963.

Harry Belafonte's 1962 version is notable for containing the first official recording of Bob Dylan, who played harmonica.[15]

Harry Dean Stanton performs the song in the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke.[16]

Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s 1969 version was used in the opening sequence of Twilight Zone: The Movie, in a scene featuring Albert Brooks and Dan Aykroyd enthusiastically singing along.

ABBA recorded the song in 1975 for charity, as a part of a folk medley, along with "Pick a Bale of Cotton" and "On Top of Old Smokey". It was the B-side to their 1978 single "Summer Night City". The medley represents the group's only recording of material not written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus after their breakthrough with "Ring Ring" in 1973.[17]

Dylan references a line from the song — "Shine your light on me" — on the second track, "Precious Angel", of his 1979 gospel album Slow Train Coming.[18]

Paul McCartney has performed it numerous times. It was the closing song on his 1988 album Снова в СССР and was performed on his 1991 appearance on MTV Unplugged, but was not included on the accompanying album.

Mischief Brew recorded a cover of "The Midnight Special" for their 2006 album, Songs From Under the Sink.

Best Regards
Nigel
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#667977 - 08/10/21 05:30 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Hi Nigel, can't say I'm familiar with the song but I like what you've done here. Simple arrangement and great vocals

Cheers

Mike B.
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#668109 - 08/11/21 05:54 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: MarioD]
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Hi Mario,

Thanks for your generous comments - much appreciated.

Best Regards
Nigel
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#668113 - 08/11/21 06:02 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Nigel,
Nice take on oldie! Excellent vocals (and BGVs) clear mix. Seems like that PG resonator was made for it smile
Thank you for sharing!

Misha.

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#668177 - 08/12/21 07:16 AM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: Rustyspoon#]
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i really like what you did with the vocs, and the arrangement of the vocals.
i like character vocs like this.
well done.
just an idea...i hear a subtle piano in parts of the song.
choruses maybe ?
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#668178 - 08/12/21 07:20 AM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Nice, Nigel. When you started it I was instantly reminded of Huddy Ledbetter, and I love the way you developed it into an outstanding version.
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#668246 - 08/12/21 03:45 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Nice laid back version - liked your vocal and the arrangement.

peter

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#668277 - 08/12/21 09:29 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: NigelSpiers]
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Nigel,

I had no idea that this song was this old . . . I’m familiar with the CCR version, but, boy, a 100 year old song? Wow. I think you do a tremendous job on this version. Your vocal is distinct and warm, the production crisp and clear. Tune really resonates. Nice choices on the mix—like going with just that drum and bass at around 1:40 in the second chorus. Daring choice that works really well. Impressive interpretation!

All my best to you,

Deej

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#668414 - 08/13/21 07:01 PM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: BlueAttitude]
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Hi Dave,

Thanks for your thoughts - much appreciated.

Best Regards
Nigel
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#668448 - 08/14/21 12:52 AM [User Showcase] Re: Midnight Special [Re: rsdean]
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Hi Bob,

Thanks for your kind comments.

Best Regards
Nigel
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